Crochet Ladybug – Free pattern

You will find here a free and easy pattern for a cute ladybug.


This year, I have decided to teach my very curious son more things about bugs. And I decided to make him a collection of crochet bugs. Our first “bug of study” was the ladybug! What do you think of this crochet ladybug? It is also the perfect size to use it as a keychain!

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Crochet ladybug





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Crochet Ladybug – Amigurumi

Size:

3” / 8 cm tall when made with the indicated yarn.

Material:

• 3 different yarns calling for 5,5 mm (US I-9) hook
• Size 3.5 mm crochet hook
• Size 3 mm crochet hook
• 2 black safety eyes (4.5 mm/0.18 inches)
• A small amount of white felt sheet or alternatively (2 bicolour safety eyes (6 or 7 mm/0.2 inches)
• Poly-Fil Fiberfill stuffing
• Stitch markers
• Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:

• chain (ch)
• magic ring (mr)
• single crochet (sc)
• increase (inc)
• invisible decrease (dec)
• slip stitch (sl st)
• half double crochet (hdc)

What did I use?

Light worsted yarn in black, red and white
I used « I love this cotton ! » from Hobby Lobby in Black (color 2), White (color 6) and Red (color 60)


Pattern: How to crochet a ladybug amigurumi?


Head and Body :

With the black yarn and the 3.5 mm hook

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

  • Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
  • Round 2: inc 6 times (12)
  • Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)
  • Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6 (24)
  • Rounds 5 to 8: sc in all st (24)
  • Round 9: [sc in next 2 st, dec in next st] x6 (18)

Place safety eyes between Rounds 5 and 6, spaced by 2 st. You can use either 6 or 7 mm bicolor eyes or 4.5 mm black eyes placed above a circle of 6/7 mm of white felt sheet. If you decide to go for the second option, proceed as follows: draw a circle of 6 or 7 mm on a white felt sheet, cut, make a hole in the middle with your tapestry needle, insert the safety eye on the bottom and place both on the head.

 

  • Round 10: [sc in next st, dec in next st] x6 (12)
  • Round 11: sc in all st (12)

Stuff the head with fiberfill and keep working to make the body.

  • Round 12: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)
  • Rounds 13 to 15: sc in all st (18)
  • Round 16: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6 (24)
  • Rounds 17 to 18: sc in all st (24)
  • Round 19: [sc in next 2 st, dec in next st] x6 (18)
  • Round 20: [sc in next st, dec in next st] x6 (12)
  • Round 21: [dec in all] x6 (6)

Stuff the body with fiberfill, cut the yarn and close the body

 





Legs (make 6) :

With a 3 mm crochet and the black yarn.

  • Row 1: ch 6. (6)
  • Row 2:  sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 st, 4 sc in next st. Now working on the other side of the ch: sl st in next 4 st  (12)

Leave a long tail, cut the yarn. Once you have done the 6 legs, place and sew them on each side of the body (3 on each side).


Antenna (make 2) :

With a 3 mm crochet and the black yarn.

  • Row 1: ch 5. (5)
  • Row 2:  sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 2 st, 3 sc in next st. Now working on the other side of the chain: sl st in next 3 st  (9)

Leave a long tail, cut the yarn. Once you have done both, place and sew them on the top of the head between rounds 2 and 3.

 





Wing (make 2) :

With a 3 mm crochet and the white yarn.

  • Row 1: ch 8. (8)
  • Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook (place stitch marker), sc in next 5, 4 hdc in next st. Now working on the other side of the chain: sc in next 6, sl st in first sc (the first sc with the stitch marker (17)

Leave a long tail, cut the yarn. Once you have done both, place and sew them on the back of the body just under the head (sew the top of the wings only).


Elytra (make 2) :

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the red yarn.

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

  • Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)
  • Round 2: inc 6 times (12)
  • Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)
  • Round 4 to 5: sc in all st (18)

Leave a long tail, cut the yarn.

Make the Elytra flat (see pictures). Take a double string of black yarn. Use your tapestry needle to make black spots on the Elytra (make them on one side only). Make two spots between rounds 2 and 3, 3 spots between rounds 3 and 4, and 2 spots between rounds 4 and 5. Once it is done, use your tapestry needle to close the elytra.  Make the spots on the second elytra. Be careful, make them on the right side! Place them onto the body to make sure to have the spots on the correct side (the first round of the elytra must be toward the outside – see pictures).

Once it is done, you can attach the elytra to the body, above the wings. If you want to be able to open and close them, sew them only by a little stitch through the top of the elytra (I also added a little stitch to join the top of both elytra together)

Crochet ladybug

Crochet ladybug

Crochet ladybug





Eyebrows (facultative) :

You can decide to add eyebrows to give more facial expressions to your ladybug. I used a single string of white yarn with a tapestry needle and made two small eyebrows above the eyes.

Crochet ladybug

Crochet ladybug


Congratulations, your crochet ladybug is done! If you made it, please be sure to tag @natalinacraft on social media with the hashtag #natalinacraft, I would love to see your work!

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All rights reserved. The pattern and photographs contained in this document are the property of Natalina Craft. This pattern is available for personal use only. No unauthorized reproduction, in whole or in part, or distribution of this pattern or content is allowed. You may sell finished items in limited amounts. If you sell your finished products online, I would be grateful if you can add a statement saying « Pattern by Natalina Craft » and link back to my post.


My son (who is also my tester) loves them straightaway and did not let me finished the photoshoot!

 


crochet ladybug

Crochet Ladybug - Free pattern

Materials

  • 3 different yarns calling for 5,5 mm (US I-9) hook
  • Size 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Size 3 mm crochet hook
  • 2 black safety eyes (4.5 mm/0.18 inches)
  • A small amount of white felt sheet or alternatively (2 bicolour safety eyes (6 or 7 mm/0.2 inches)
  • Poly-Fil Fiberfill stuffing
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

Tools

  • chain (ch)
  • magic ring (mr)
  • single crochet (sc)
  • increase (inc)
  • invisible decrease (dec)
  • slip stitch (sl st)
  • half double crochet (hdc)

Instructions

Ladybug Crochet Pattern:

 

Head and Body :

With the black yarn and the 3.5 mm hook

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc 6 times (12)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6 (24)

Rounds 5 to 8: sc in all st (24)

Round 9: [sc in next 2 st, dec in next st] x6 (18)

Place safety eyes between Rounds 5 and 6, spaced by 2 st. You can use either 6 or 7 mm bicolor eyes or 4.5 mm black eyes placed above a circle of 6/7 mm of white felt sheet. If you decide to go for the second option, proceed as follows: draw a circle of 6 or 7 mm on a white felt sheet, cut, make a hole in the middle with your tapestry needle, insert the safety eye on the bottom and place both on the head.

 Round 10: [sc in next st, dec in next st] x6 (12)

Round 11: sc in all st (12)

Stuff the head with fiberfill and keep working to make the body.

Round 12: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)

Rounds 13 to 15: sc in all st (18)

Round 16: [sc in next 2 st, inc in next st] x6 (24)

Rounds 17 to 18: sc in all st (24)

Round 19: [sc in next 2 st, dec in next st] x6 (18)

Round 20: [sc in next st, dec in next st] x6 (12)

Round 21: [dec in all] x6 (6)

Stuff the body with fiberfill, cut the yarn and close the body

Legs (make 6) :

With a 3 mm crochet and the black yarn.

Row 1: ch 6. (6)

Row 2:  sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 3 st, 4 sc in next st. Now working on the other side of the ch: sl st in next 4 st  (12)

Leave a long tail, cut the yarn. Once you have done the 6 legs, place and sew them on each side of the body (3 on each side).

 

Antenna (make 2) :

With a 3 mm crochet and the black yarn.

Row 1: ch 5. (5)

Row 2:  sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 2 st, 3 sc in next st. Now working on the other side of the chain: sl st in next 3 st  (9)

Leave a long tail, cut the yarn. Once you have done both, place and sew them on the top of the head between rounds 2 and 3.

Wing (make 2) :

With a 3 mm crochet and the white yarn.

Row 1: ch 8. (8)

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from hook (place stitch marker), sc in next 5, 4 hdc in next st. Now working on the other side of the chain: sc in next 6, sl st in first sc (the first sc with the stitch marker (17)

Leave a long tail, cut the yarn. Once you have done both, place and sew them on the back of the body just under the head (sew the top of the wings only).

Elytra (make 2) :

With a 3.5 mm crochet and the red yarn.

Work in rounds, do not turn unless specified. If needed, use a stitch marker for the first stitch of each round.

Round 1: start 6 sc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc 6 times (12)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] x6 (18)

Round 4 to 5: sc in all st (18)

Leave a long tail, cut the yarn.

Make the Elytra flat (see pictures). Take a double string of black yarn. Use your tapestry needle to make black spots on the Elytra (make them on one side only). Make two spots between rounds 2 and 3, 3 spots between rounds 3 and 4, and 2 spots between rounds 4 and 5. Once it is done, use your tapestry needle to close the elytra.  Make the spots on the second elytra. Be careful, make them on the right side! Place them onto the body to make sure to have the spots on the correct side (the first round of the elytra must be toward the outside - see pictures).

Once it is done, you can attach the elytra to the body, above the wings. If you want to be able to open and close them, sew them only by a little stitch through the top of the elytra (I also added a little stitch to join the top of both elytra together)

Eyebrows (facultative) :

You can decide to add eyebrows to give more facial expressions to your ladybug. I used a single string of white yarn with a tapestry needle and made two small eyebrows above the eyes.

All rights reserved.

The pattern and photographs contained in this document are the property of Natalina Craft. This pattern is available for personal use only. No unauthorized reproduction, in whole or in part, or distribution of this pattern or content is allowed.

You may sell finished items in limited amounts. If you sell your finished products online, I would be grateful if you can add a statement saying « Pattern by Natalina Craft » and link back to my post.





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8 thoughts on “Crochet Ladybug – Free pattern”

  1. Elizabeth Smith

    Thank you for the lady bug pattern. I would love to have all of your patterns. Easy to follow.

  2. Thank you for your well written pattern. It was so easy to follow. Stupidly, I forgot to take pictures before I gave my two ladybirds to my neighbours’ children so I couldn’t post to social media, but felt you deserved a big thank you!

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